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Coalition unhappy with AMA president's ICD-10 characterization

The ICD-10 Coalition did not take kindly to American Medical Association President Robert Wah's characterization of ICD-10 as a droid serving Star Wars' antagonist Darth Vader, in an address to AMA's House of Delegates last month.

VA whistleblowers honored

The Office of Special Counsel, the agency responsible for whistleblower protection, honored three Department of Veterans Affairs physicians for disclosing major issues within VA facilities, such as using secret wait lists to cover up excessive wait times, according to the Washington Post.

AHA wants more changes on new MSSP anti-kickback rules

The American Hospital Association wants the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to loosen its new proposed rules regarding kickback prevention in Medicare accountable care organizations, saying that in some areas it will actually impede the delivery of healthcare services.

National Patient Safety Board necessary to prevent patient deaths

Improving the accessibility of medical records, increasing accountability for clinicians and creating a National Patient Safety Board are all necessary to steps to reduce preventable hospital deaths, John T. James, Ph.D., a patient safety advocate, told  West Health  in a recent interview.

McConnell: King v. Burwell best opportunity to tear apart ACA

The Senate will likely vote on multiple measures aimed to pick apart the Affordable Care Act starting next year, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said at  The Wall Street Journal  CEO Council annual meeting. 

House GOP lawsuit: ACA payment transfers violate separation of powers

Additional details have surfaced about a key argument in last month's  lawsuit filed by the House of Representatives, which claimed the White House is violating the Constitution in its implementation of the healthcare reform law.

ONC taps Jon White as acting deputy national coordinator

Jon White, who in October was named acting chief medical officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, on Monday was announced as the agency's acting deputy national coordinator as it searches for a replacement for the recently departed Jacob Reider.

CMS unveils new ACO proposal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday issued a proposed rule monday that includes   everal changes to the Medicare Shared Sav ings Program  that not only offers a new "Track 3" model to entice providers to form accountable care organizations but also would give participants an extra three years before they could face penalties for poor performance

Is another ICD-10 delay inevitable?

When it comes to ICD-10, a feeling of déjà vu is beginning to creep over me. Not only are interest groups both for and against the implementation out in full force, apparently another delay could be attached to a "must-pass" $157 billion spending bill for the departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services that expires next week.

New research to target physician attitudes toward payment reform

Amid the ongoing shift from fee-for-service healthcare reimbursement to value-based payments, much remains unknown about how clinicians' mindsets and behaviors will also change as new models unfold, leading two North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­bers at  the Center for Health Policy and Health­care Research to begin a pilot study this fall in which they will interview physi­cians and staff, according to a post from the university.